Quick grammar rant

Posted on May 27th, 2009 @ 21:47 in Uncategorized

I need sth to do before my sleeping aids, er, I mean anti-histamines, start working.

Personal pronouns are not that hard to use!!!

“The mayor organised a great party for my mother and I” – WRONG!
Why? The pronoun is an object here. Remove your mother from the equation. “The mayor organised a great party for I”? No, you would not say that. So it is also “The mayor organised a great party for my mother and me.”

“The mayor organised a great party for my mother and myself” – WRONG!
This one I am actually sometimes tempted to fall for myself (!). “Myself” is generally a reflexive pronoun: I wash myself. Sometimes (like my example just above) you use it for emphasis – however only when you have used “I” previously in the sentence.

I like this guy‘s short explanatory text (pretty much same as mine, but with more detail) and his general list of common errors in English looks like a great resource, but my pills are starting to work, and besides I usually get it right in English anyway.

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